Security personnel gathered at the site of the explosion which killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others on Feb.14, 2005. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon concluded its proceedings for 2015 Wednesday with defense attorneys casting aspersions on the judgment of a prosecution analyst, contending she had made unwarranted assumptions from the evidence.Blanch, who worked as an analyst for the Australian Federal Police before joining the STL in 2009, gave testimony on a sworn statement she made summarizing her analysis of telecommunications data and SMS text messages between Issa and a man named Jad.Blanch testified that other witnesses have identified Jad this way, indeed a number of witnesses before the court have used the terms "driver" and "bodyguard" interchangeably, but the mistake was obvious, and Edwards exploited the opening to cast doubt on her professionalism and methodology.According to other witness testimony, Issa usually drove himself, but was followed by security in a second car.Edwards particularly attacked inferences Blanch drew from text messages between Issa and Jad.
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